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non-representational lines, colors, shapes, and forms
replace accurate visual depiction of objects,
landscape, and figures. The subject is often stylized,
blurred, repeated or broken down into basic forms
so that it becomes unrecognizable. Intangible
subjects such as thoughts, emotions, and time are
often expressed in abstract art form.
To perform the process of abstraction.
To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
To epitomize; to abridge.
To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, "reptile" is an abstract or general name.
Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; -- opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
An abstract term.
Abstracted; absent in mind.
A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
\ab*stract"\, v. t. to perform the process of abstraction. [r.] i own myself able to abstract in one sense.
\ab"stract`\ (&?;), n. [see abstract, a.]
1. that which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. specifically: a summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief. an abstract of every treatise he had read. man, the abstract of all perfection, which the workmanship of heaven hath modeled.
2. a state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
3. an abstract term. the concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety." s. mill.
4. (med.) a powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
of title (law), an epitome of the evidences of ownership.
abstract of title
an abstract idea
abstract machine notation
abstract syntax tree
abstract syntax notation 1
abstract data type
1. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
(hypernym) concept, conception, construct
2. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
(synonym) outline, synopsis, precis
1. consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
(hypernym) see, consider, reckon, view, regard
2. make off with belongings of others
(synonym) pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift
3. consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
(hypernym) consider, take, deal, look at
4. give an abstract (of)
(hypernym) sum up, summarize, summarise, resume
(derivation) abstractor, abstracter
1. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
(see-also) intangible, impalpable
2. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"
(synonym) abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective
3. based on specialized theory; "a theoretical analysis"
4. dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
public static final int ABSTRACT
The int value representing the abstract modifier.
See also abstract class and abstract method .
- Abstract (law), a summary of a legal document
- Abstract (summary), in scientific publishing
- Abstract art, artistic works that don't attempt to represent reality or concrete subjects
- Abstract object in philosophy
- Abstract structure in mathematics
- Abstract type in computer science
- The property of an abstraction
- Q-Tip (rapper), also known as "The Abstract"
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An abstract provides technical information and cannot be taken into account for other purposes, e.g., for interpreting the scope of protection claimed in the patent document itself.
The text of an abstract usually contains no more than 150 words and may be accompanied by a representative drawing or chemical formula.
The abstract is usually prepared by the applicant and published on the front page of the patent document. It may also be published separately, e.g., in an official gazette or an abstract journal. In several countries patent abstracts are separately published as special documents containing bibliographic data, the text of the abstract, and drawings or chemical formulae.
Patent abstracts are also prepared and distributed by special abstracting services (commercial firms specialized in technological information services).